YSU students excel again at MathFest

Participants in the 2014 MathFest are: Standing, Thomas Madsen, Camron Bagheri, Shawn Doyle, Eric Shehadi, James Munyon, Tim Shaffer and Tom Wakefield. And seated, George Yates, Angela Spalsbury, Dan Catello, Jenna Wise, Ashley Orr and Crystal Mackey.

Participants in the 2014 MathFest are: Standing, Thomas Madsen, Camron Bagheri, Shawn Doyle, Eric Shehadi, James Munyon, Tim Shaffer and Tom Wakefield. And seated, George Yates, Angela Spalsbury, Dan Catello, Jenna Wise, Ashley Orr and Crystal Mackey.

Youngstown State University students Crystal Mackey and Eric Shehadi and YSU professor George Yates won awards at the 2014 MathFest in Portland, Oregon, earlier this month.

MathFest is the annual summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and Pi Mu Epsilon. This year marked the 100th anniversary for Pi Mu Epsilon. In all, 9 YSU students, representing the YSU Ohio Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, gave presentations.

Mackey and Shehadi won awards and for excellence in student exposition and research, sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the American Statistical Society. Mackey of Bristolville, Ohio, presented Factorization Theory of Numerical Monoids. Shehadi of McDonald, Ohio, presented Safeguard Fair Voting: Mathematically Diagnosing Gerrymanders.

In addition, Yates was recognized with the Pi Mu Epsilon Advisor Award. The award, given only once every three years, recognizes top advisors who strive to bring students to conferences, mentor student research and encourage an active Pi Mu Epsilon chapter.

Also, Angela Spalsbury, professor and chair of YSU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the new president of the national Pi Mu Epsilon honor society for mathematics. She will serve as President for three years.

“We are extremely proud of all our students,” Spalsbury said. “They continue a tradition of being outstanding ambassadors for YSU, the STEM College and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.”

Other students attending the competition, and the title of their presentations, were Camron A. Bagheri of Youngstown, Ohio, Everywhere Continuous, Nowhere Differentiable Functions: An Introduction; Daniel P. Catello of Youngstown, Ohio, Classifying Youngstown State University’s Peer Institutions: An Analytical Approach; Shawn Doyle of Bessemer, Pa., Computational Models of Congressional Redistricting; James D. Munyon of Columbiana, Ohio, Approaches to Addressing Overfitting in Averaging Classifiers; Ashley Orr of Columbiana, Ohio, Examining a Least Squares Method for Valuing American Options; Tim Shaffer of Sharpsville, Pa., Elliptic Curves and Their Applications in Cryptography; and Jenna Wise of Hubbard, Ohio, Minimal Weakly Connected Dominating Sets.

Yates; Spalsbury; Tom Wakefield, associate professor; Alicia Prieto-Langarica, assistant professor; and Thomas Madsen, assistant professor; attended MathFest with the students. Faculty who advised students on their projects included Yates; Wakefield; David Pollack, associate professor; Jacek Fabrykowski, professor; Jolien Helsel, assistant professor, Department of Economics; Brian Wissman, associate professor, University of Hawaii Hilo; Robert Pelayo, assistant professor, University of Hawaii Hilo; Lihua Chen, assistant professor, James Madison University; Pradip Sirumani, professor, Clemson University.